Dr. Isabelle Yi Ren

Assistant Professor | Management | Feliciano School of Business
Location: SBUS 439
Telephone: 973-655-3626
Email: reny@montclair.edu


Isabelle Yi Ren is Assistant Professor of Management at the Feliciano School of Business, Montclair StateUniversity. Her research interests center around how actors make sense and make use of the various cultural, status, and professional boundaries in organizations and the broader society. She investigates topics such as change mobilization and category mixing in the restaurant industry, knowledge translation across professional boundaries, and (bi)cultural identities in the workplace. She teaches Organizational Behavior and Leadership.


Change mobilization, knowledge translation, status dynamics, organizational Behavior, Leadership.


  • Ph D, Organization Studies, 2019, Boston College, United States
  • MS, Organization Studies, 2015, Boston College, United States
  • MA, Communication, 2011, University of Maryland College Park, United States
  • BA, Journalism, 2009, Beijing Foreign Studies University, P. R. China

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Montclair State University. (August 2020 - Current).
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Adelphi University. (2019 - August 2020).

Honors and Awards

  • Best Student-Led Paper of MOC Division , Academy of Management Annual Meeting-Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division. (August 2019).
  • Finalist paper for the Max Boisot Award , European Group for Organization Studies Colloquium. (July 2018).
  • Kwok Leung Memorial Dissertation Fund Award , International Association of Chinese Management Research. (May 2018).
  • Best Doctoral Student Proposal Award , Cognition in the Rough Workshop, MOC Division, Academy of Management Meeting. (August 2017).


  • Lee & Ren. Where do institutional changes come from? An integrated framework of field conditions, status positions, and change types. (Manuscript writing stage)
  • Liu, Lu, Ren, & Khamis. Combating marginality: Identity (re)construction of second-generation Asian American female Immigrants. (Manuscript writing stage)
  • Ren & Bartunek. Making it through the second gate: How gatekeepers select academic papers to translate for practice. (Manuscript writing stage)
  • Ren & Bartunek. Paradoxes of power and status in knowledge translation from academia to the public: Unintended consequences and generative tensions. (Manuscript writing stage)
  • Ren & Bartunek. The perilously impactful journey of a scholarly paper from publication to classroom. (Under review at Academy of Management Learning and Education)

Refereed Published Articles

  • Ren, I. (2021). Beyond the tipping point: The role of status in organizations’ public narratives to mobilize support for change. Organization Studies, 42 (2), pp. 195-221.
  • Chen, C., Rao, A., Ren, I. (2013). Glass ceiling for the foreign born: Perspectives from Asian-born American R&D Scientists. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 4 (4), pp. 249-257.

Books & Chapters Published

  • Liu, M., Ren, I. (2020). Chapter 13: Gender, communication, and negotiation. (pp. 242-259). Cheltenham, UK & Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
  • Ren, I., Bartunek, J. (2020). Chapter 48: Creating standards for responsible translation of management research for practitioners. (pp. 729-744). Cheltenham, UK & Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
  • Bartunek, J., Ren, I. (2020). Collaborative change: The missing link between scholars and practitioners. (pp. (Published online, no page numbers)). Perrysburg, OH: NEXUS4Change.